Device location on IDE cable

vbimport

#1

I was wondering, I have 4 hard drives and 3 DVD burners and a ZIP drive. My motherboard has 4 ULTRA DMA/ATA connectors.

What would be the right way to connect the devices, should I have 2 hard drives on a IDE cable or mix them with the burners?
Which should be master or slave?

Anybody have had any experiences in making the setup more efficient?

Thanks in advance.
skutny


#2

Hi & welcome to CD Freaks.

Depends what motherboard you’ve got. My Gigabyte board has 4 IDE channels , 2 being for raid.

If I set these to ATA in the BIOS & try to use them for optical devices they just won’t burn successfully.

If I use them for HDDs then the system crawls when accessing them on either of these 2 channels.

So I finished up with a PCI IDE Controller & put HDDs on that & the boot HDD & opticals on the first primary & secondary channels & ignored the second set.


#3

Thanks, TimC

My motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-8INXP, I have it setup as primary master 111D slave C:HDD, and on the secondary master D:HDD slave E:HDD.
I did like you and set the BIOS to ATA for the on board promise 133 and I have primary master Zip and slave as F:HDD and secondary master is 109D and slave 107D.

The main reason for the note is that I read that the 80 conductor ribbon should not be over 18" due to possible losses or added noise. so I bought some connectors and ribbon and want to custom make my own. But I was wondering if it matters the location of devices for primary vs. secondary and master vs. slave. Not knowing if there could be conflicts with communication, speed, or throughput.

skutny


#4

The ZIP drive is only a PIO mode I would guess so I’d put that as a slave.

If it works for you (the RAID channels that is) then your setup is fine I guess.

I’ve also read about 18" being the max length & I’m able to keep within tha restriction but I have used 24" cables which didn’t cause any problems for burning.

Your problem is that with all Pioneer drives you can’t really quality scan any burns to test it out.


#5

OK, thanks.